July 17, 1997: Huskey's Single in 10th Beats Cubs

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Date: July 17, 1997
Mets starter: Mark Clark
Mets: 4
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Butch Huskey, Todd Pratt
Key play: Pratt's single in 6th, Huskey's single in 10th

The Mets and Cubs faced each other on a Thursday afternoon. The crowd at Shea Stadium watch the teams battle into extra innings. On a run-scoring single by Butch Huskey in the tenth, the Mets came out with a 4-3 win over Chicago.

The Cubs got two runs against Mets' starter Mark Clark in the top of the first inning. Doug Glanville scored on an error by second baseman Luis Lopez and a double by Mark Grace brought home Brian McRae. The Mets scored in the second when Huskey led off with a double and came home on a two-out single by Todd Pratt. Clark and Chicago starter Terry Mulholland then pitched scoreless ball in the third inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Kevin Orie tripled off Clark and scored on a double by Rey Sanchez for a 3-1 Cubs lead. Huskey singled to lead off the bottom half before Mulholland retired the Mets on three ground balls. Neither team scored in the fifth and Clark got Sanchez for an inning-ending double play to close a scoreless top of the sixth.

Bernard Gilkey homered to open the bottom of the sixth inning for the Mets. Huskey followed with his second double of the game and moved to third on a ground out. Pratt followed with a single to score Huskey and tie the game at 3-3. Clark again shut down the Cubs in the top of the seventh, ending the inning with a double play from McRae.

Mets' reliever Greg McMichael shut down Chicago without a hit in the eighth and ninth innings. Meanwhile, three Cub relievers held the Mets scoreless to send the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, John Franco retired the Cubs in order with three consecutive ground outs.

Against Chicago reliever Kent Bottenfield, Edgardo Alfonzo led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a single. Gilkey's ground out advanced Alfonzo to second base and Huskey came up to bat. Butch singled to center field to score Alfonzo and end the game. The Mets had a thrilling victory on Huskey's fourth hit of the day.